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vwbassett

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Started at the easy end with my new suspension kit by replacing the rears trying to get them on before i started work. Starting at 7.15 on my dads drive way i was back home for work at 9.15 so i'll call that a result. Has definitely taken some of the crashiness out of bad roads with less rattling from the rear in the cabin whilst also feeling more planted. Fingers crossed the fronts go OK later in the week.


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Woody_72

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Hope you didn't impact gun the top strut bolt. I've heard this can ruin the internal seals.

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Only if it spins the main shaft. You can clamp the shaft as hard as you absolutely can with vice grips first which helps get the nut back on. They're very hard steel with a hard chrome coating so it doesn't even mark them (in my personal experience anyhow).
 

vwbassett

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Only if it spins the main shaft. You can clamp the shaft as hard as you absolutely can with vice grips first which helps get the nut back on. They're very hard steel with a hard chrome coating so it doesn't even mark them (in my personal experience anyhow).
I've never actually torqued one to spec for fear of blowing seals. The first nut im sure goes onto the non threaded section so you cant really over tighten and the top nut i just get as tight as I can with a handled allen key and adjustable wrench on a spark plug socket.

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Started at the easy end with my new suspension kit by replacing the rears trying to get them on before i started work. Starting at 7.15 on my dads drive way i was back home for work at 9.15 so i'll call that a result. Has definitely taken some of the crashiness out of bad roads with less rattling from the rear in the cabin whilst also feeling more planted. Fingers crossed the fronts go OK later in the week.


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I'm really interested in hearing your opinion on what the ride height is like one you've got it all fitted, seeing as my ride height increased by about 10mm with this same setup?!?!
 
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vwbassett

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I'm really interested in hearing your opinion on what the ride height is like one you've got it all fitted, seeing as my ride height increased by about 10mm with this same setup?!?!
Will do, should all be on by Thursday. I'm honestly quite happy if I end up same ride height but newer, better ride quality and less roll as the stock car catches most speed bumps when my lowered gt86 doesn't hit anything. I cant even get it down a ramp to my garage

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Connor H

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Dec 19, 2019
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My TCS was playing up last night so whipped my wheels off to reveal a cable has rubbed through on part of the tyre because it popped out the cable guide. Greaaaaaat


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Rich.T

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Took the glove box out to fit new blower motor and resistor pack.
Fitted fan but the resistor was wrong. Proper one coming tomorrow hopefully.
Whilst i was there i removed the 6 disc changer as thats not working (cartridge keeps popping out).
Took that to bits but couldnt find the problem so will be on the lookout for a replacement at some point soon.

Rich
 

vwbassett

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Removing front struts...horrific job without a hub spreader, piece of piss with one though.

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I was hoping the same but it was a pain to get enough downwards movement to get the old unit out with the driveshaft bottoming out on the subframe. Either that or rust as the old one went all the way down apart from the last 3mm and then wouldn't budge down or back out for ages! If I ever do a mk4 platform car again I will take the hub off first and do it off the car.

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